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Are We Simulated Beings Living in a Simulated Universe?

Is the universe real? Or are all the stars and planets (including Earth and everything and everyone on it) just simulations in some colossal video game? What sounds like a silly question is actually one that some scientists have begun to take seriously.<p>It’s hard to come up with a way to tell for …

Universe

These Artificial Cells Are Not Alive - But They Just Passed The Turing Test

They're communicating with bacteria.<p>Scientists have built artificial cells that are so life-like, they've tricked natural cells into thinking they're …

Turing Test

Scientists Have Confirmed a Brand New Phase of Matter: Time Crystals

Constant motion without energy.<p>For months now, there's been speculation that researchers might have finally created time crystals - strange crystals …

Natural selection making 'education genes' rarer, says Icelandic study

Researchers say that while the effect corresponds to a small drop in IQ per decade, over centuries the impact could be profound<p>Tempting as it may be, it would be wrong to claim that with each generation humans are becoming more stupid. As scientists are often so keen to point out, it is a bit more …

Genetics

Physicists Can Now Predict The Exact Moment Quantum Systems Will Fail

It's inevitable.<p>For the first time, physicists have been able to accurately predict the future of quantum systems, specifically, the moment they'll …

Forget What You Learned in High School - This New Carbon Molecule Has 6 Bonds

Wha??<p>It’s the stuff of Chemistry 101: carbon can only form four bonds because it only has four shareable electrons.<p>But this rule no longer applies, …

Your kid’s video game addiction may be perfectly normal

While heavy gaming, particularly in boys, can be a warning signal for parents, not everyone who plays many hours a day is at risk for problems, …

Why The Most Productive People Do These Six Things Every Day

The secrets behind four-minute meetings and scrapping your to-do list.<p>Of all our available resources, everyone has the same number of hours in a day. Some, however, happen to get more done. Are they faster or smarter? Do they have more help? Perhaps. But they’ve also learned tricks that can help …

Elon Musk plays Overwatch, thinks storytelling is neglected in modern games

Elon Musk spoke to Y Combinator’s Sam Altman in a sit-down interview last year where he discussed, among other things, his apprehensions about the possible implications of developing advanced AI. But when the interview was over and the camera was still rolling, Altman asked Musk for recommendations …

Another year, another day of no one wearing trousers on London's tube

LONDON — It's that time of year again.<p>Everyone knows that trousers (or pants, if you're America) are a cumbersome, abrasive burden, so it's only …

Scientists Can Turn CO2 Into Ethanol—And They Figured It Out By Accident

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Engineers have solved one of the biggest hurdles in making lower carbon-emissions targets a reality

It’s a chemical engineer’s job to chase pipe dreams.<p>Unlike many of their fellow engineers though, Aniruddha Sharma and Prateek Bumb have something to show for their many years of toil. The company they founded in 2009, called Carbon Clean Solutions, has created a crucial technology the world needs …

Fossil Fuels

Want to Raise Successful Boys? Science Says Do This (but Their Schools Probably Won't)

Students--and especially boys--need hours of physical activity every day. They don't get enough because their schools won't let them.<p>This is a story about successful kids (especially boys), common sense, and research.<p>Most of us spend hours each day sitting at work. Science says it's killing us, and …

Standardized Testing

Why the Higher Education Bill is bad news for students

With the Government's proposed reforms to the university sector due to receive their first reading in the House of Lords on Monday, there are more than enough students still attempting to work out what this new regulation means for them.<p>Known as the Higher Education and Research Bill, the proposals …

Higher Education

The UK knew China was planning a massacre at Tiananmen Square two weeks before it happened

“Two hundred dead could bring 20 years of peace to China,” former Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping was quoted as saying in recently declassified documents. His words were spoken weeks ahead of the bloody military crackdown on student protesters in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square on June 4, 1989.<p>The UK’s …

China

You may have more control over aging than you think

Molecular biologist Elizabeth Blackburn shared a Nobel Prize for her research on telomeres — structures at the tips of chromosomes that play a key role in cellular aging. But she was frustrated that important health implications of her work weren't reaching beyond academia.<p>So along with …

Medicine

'Zelda: Ocarina of Time' HD Remake Mod: An Unreal Engine 4 demo you can actually play

We're still waiting for <i>Legend Of Zelda: Breath of the Wild</i>to launch on Wii U and Nintendo Switch, but until then, fans of the series can kill time …

All the Ways UK Residents Will Be Watched in 2017

Spies, police, and companies will all have new powers to snoop on the populace—so how bad could it get in the year ahead?<p><i>This article originally appeared on VICE UK.</i><p>We're living in a golden age of surveillance. Even as the debate around populations "going dark" rages on in both the UK and US (i.e. …

Surveillance

New gene-therapy cancer treatment 'wipes out' dying girl's leukaemia

A six year-old leukaemia sufferer who became one of the first in the world to trial a new gene-therapy treatment is smiling again - after tests revealed her cancer has vanished.<p>Erin Cross, of Chester, in Cheshire, was gravely-ill earlier this year with deadly acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, a cancer …

Sony announces its best game trailers of 2016 on YouTube

This year saw the unveiling of some exciting reveals and visually stunning game trailers.<p>With 2016 coming to a close, Sony has announced its own list …

30 fascinating facts about the majority of British people

To see which facts really hold true for the majority of the 64 million people who live in the United Kingdom, we used data from the Office for National Statistics, Ipsos MORI, Pew Research, and others.<p>The UK population has many things in common. We've highlighted the most interesting similarities …

Globalization

The official trailer for Attack on Titan’s second season is here

Feast your eyes on some new titans<p>Funimation has released the official trailer for <i>Attack on Titan’s</i> second season, bringing Christmas cheer a day early to anime fans.<p>The new trailer, which can be seen above, starts out with footage that will be familiar to most fans; an army of titans walking …

Star

Latest<p>Fortnite Temporarily Disables Remote Explosives<p>Fortnite 41 minutes ago<p>Fortnite<p>'The Walking Dead's Danai Gurira Posts Heartfelt Goodbye to …

The Walking Dead

Your pictures of Scotland's Christmas lights

A selection of your pictures of the Christmas lights around Scotland. Send your photos to scotlandpictures@bbc.co.uk. You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.<p>The Christmas tree in Jenners is an "Edinburgh icon" according to one photographer<p>Princes Square lit up for …

Christmas Trees

Map of the entire visible universe released to the public

In 2010, the Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System (Pan-STARRS) was fired up and pointed towards the heavens. Equipped with the …